Child Protection & Authorisation Procedure


CCD and Child Protection

  • Who is involved?
    • Parish groups
    • Parish Priest
    • CCD
    • Diocese of Broken Bay
  • CCD authorisation procedures
  • Processing of authorisation documents
  • Assistance available from CCD/Diocese
  • Mandatory training in CCD Ministry Induction

Who is the 'employer' in your parish?

The Parish Priest

What are the responsibilities of the employer?

  • An employer must obtain from employees who have or who may have unsupervised contact with children confirmation that they are not prohibited persons.
  • An employer must not employ anyone without evidence that he or she is not a prohibited person.
  • Place all completed returned confirmations in a secure and confidential area within the parish facilities.

CCD Authorisation Procedure

Current as at 21 February 2014

Outline of CCD Authorisation Procedures

A new Special Religious Education teacher before entering the classroom will need to:

  • Complete document: A1 - Contract
  • Complete document: A2 - Department of Education and Training Declaration
  • Obtain a Working with Children Check (a prerequisite for anyone in paid or voluntary child-related work in NSW) by completing an online application form at  

Once correct paperwork is processed, the catechist will receive the following cards:

  • Provisional Authorisation Card (Yellow card - valid until the end of the current year) 
  • Upon completion of the CCD Ministry Induction, the Provisional card is exchanged for a Full Authorisation Card (Green card - automatically re-issued annually)

A visitor entering the SRE classroom:

  • Prospective new catechists are not able to go into the SRE classrooms to observe a lesson unless they have a verified Working With Children Check number and an authorisation card issued by the Diocese of Broken Bay. (Please refer to CCD Authorisation Procedures above)
  • According to the Office of the Children's Guardian, a visitor for a one off occasion , such as a speaker or a performer, is exempt from obtaining the WWC Clearance.  This is on the condition that this person is in the presence of one or more other adults when in contact with the children. 

Assistance available from CCD / Diocese

  • Provision of information about the Act and its implications for Parishes in the Diocese;
  • Provision of ongoing in-service / information programmes to update Child Protection material;
  • Assistance for Individuals who may require clarification about their position under the Act;
  • Assistance for Parish groups (e.g. catechists) in liaising with outside bodies (e.g. Government schools) to clarify authorisation procedures;
  • Implementing procedures to ensure the security and accessibility of signed declarations;

For further information please contact:

Alison Newell
Postal address:
PO Box 390
The Entrance NSW 2261

Phone: (02) 4334 3367
Fax: (02) 4334 3230


Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001

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